How to Decorate a Rented Place for the Great Escape

Did you know that thinkmoney have launched a competition called ‘The Great Escape’ where you can win your chance to move out from your parents place?

Not only do you get your rent paid for but they also provide you with £1k to help you decorate the place. So, they’ve asked me to come up with a few interior styling tips and here’s what I would do if I won.

How to Decorate a Rented Place

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There are a few things that you can do without worrying about what the landlord might think:

1. Floors

I knew someone who bought completely new carpet and fitted it on top of the floor covering that was already there. This is great as you can choose what colour to add and set the base of your interior style in your first home of independence! When my friend left that place, she simply took up the carpet and the place looked exactly the same as when they first moved in.

A modern choice at the moment is a warm beige colour. I believe it’s a great choice that sets the scene for furniture pieces that create full impact, which brings us to the next tip…

2. New Furniture

I love a good contrast and a light beige carpet and dark grey furniture will achieve exactly that. Furniture is a great investment when you rent because you know that you can take it with you when you move. It also means that you won’t be ruining your landlords things (if your rented place is furnished that is) and can enjoy your new, fresh and stylish furnishings for ultimate luxury without any feelings of guilt.

3. Utilize The Space That Already Exists

This tip is just to tell you to be clever with the space that you already have! Use what you’ve been provided with, so if there’s an alcove in your lounge, buy a lovely large shelf that fits into it and fill it up with your favourite books. If you find lots of hooks on one of the walls from the previous tenant, why not make it an opportunity to decorate it with lots of modern framed paintings or artwork or even your favourite photos.

However you choose to utilize your new place, I would recommend, however, to make sure you stick to a theme. This way your interior style is seamless and follows on from one room to the next. As I’d go for light floors and dark furniture, I’d stick to monochrome decor – it’s sleek, it’s stylish and it’s sure to impress!

Hope the tips above help! What would you add to the list of things you can do without angering your landlord? 😉

 

Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.

10 Comments

  • September 14, 2014

    Ania

    Wow!! fantastic <333333333333

    • September 16, 2014

      Alina

      Thanks hun!

  • September 15, 2014

    Angie

    I like the beautiful combination of grey-black and snowy white..looks fantastic 🙂 Do you suggest bold use of colors in small space? I think this will look more awesome in a spacious home. Thanks for sharing beauty..delighted 🙂

    • September 16, 2014

      Alina

      Hi Angie, I do agree that it works well in large spaces but it can work is smaller areas too – just make sure you use white or very light colours as your base, so like a pastel colour or beige and then contrast it with a bold accent (don’t over use it though) and you’ll create instant impact in no time! Hope this helps 🙂

  • September 15, 2014

    The Fashion Fraction

    • September 16, 2014

      Alina

      Yay, thank you 🙂

  • September 15, 2014

    Camille

    Lovely photos 🙂 I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin, if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

    • September 16, 2014

      Alina

      I followed back! Thanks so much x

  • September 16, 2014

    An-Katrien

    Great decoration pictures! Love the style 🙂
    Your blog is lovely, love the slideshow with categories!

    xx Anka

    http://www.teacupsanddresses.com

    • September 16, 2014

      Alina

      Thank you Anka, much appreciate it 🙂